Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2004-08-27

Educators from universities in the Czech Republic and Sweden are at Samford University through Sept. 1 to explore an academic partnership that will help give students an international perspective on disability.

Project ABLe (Authentic-Based Learning) will focus on special education at a global level during a one-semester on-line course utilizing Problem-Based Learning techniques.

When Project ABLe is implemented next spring, participating students at Samford, The Technical University of Liberec in Czech Republic and Vaxjo University in Sweden will each have a partner in the other countries.

Each student will be assigned a problem situation for which they must creation a solution within the context of their own culture, and seek solutions from their study partners.

For example, a case study of a child with Down syndrome and a vision problem may reveal that definitions and services for such children can vary from country to country.

Samford team leaders are Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies professors Dr. David Finn and Dr. Clara Gerhardt.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.